Afternoon Alert   -   Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Noon news

NHK led with a report on unstable weather conditions, with torrential rains forecast for a wide area from western to eastern Japan today and tomorrow. NTV, Asahi TV, TBS, and Fuji TV aired follow-up reports on the suspect who was arrested on Sunday for his involvement in multiple road rage incidents.


S. Korea's Korean Air reviews further suspension of flights to Japan (Kyodo News)

Abe, Trump to confirm cooperation over North Korea (Jiji Press)

China stepping up food, tourism aid to DPRK, perhaps with aim of containing U.S., ROK (Asahi, Online)

Abe to hold summits with more than 30 African nations (Sankei)

Seoul undecided on military intelligence pact with Tokyo (Jiji Press)

China seeks to mediate in Japan-South Korea trade spat (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan OKs 2nd material export to S. Korea under new curbs: report (Jiji Press)

Seven young LDP lawmakers visit Taiwan (Nikkei)

Chinese Communist Party official tells Diet members, "We can settle the situation in Hong Kong" (Yomiuri)

Abe fosters trust with other nations, producing diplomatic achievements more than any other Japanese leader: Expert (Yomiuri)

Cartoon: Li'l Rocket Man's road rage (Tokyo Shimbun)


MLIT enters final coordination of allocation of new slots at Haneda Airport (Nikkei)

United Airlines to expand services to Haneda (Jiji Press)

Japan plans to support geothermal power generation in Kenya (Sankei)

Editorial: Make progress in spread of online local govt administrative procedures (The Japan News)


Opposition CDPJ, DPFP agree to form joint floor groups in both houses of Diet

NHK reported today that Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Edano and Democratic Party for the People leader Tamaki agreed at a meeting that the two parties will form joint floor groups in both houses of the Diet in order to unite the opposition forces to confront the Abe administration. The two leaders agreed that DPFP lawmakers will join the CDPJ floor groups in both houses and that the two parties will set up a committee to determine decision-making and administrative procedures for the floor groups after the decision is explained to Diet members of both parties. TV Asahi and TBS carried similar reports.

Prime minister's schedule on Aug. 19, 2019 (Sankei)

Interview: Japanese lawmaker wants opposition camp to lead Constitution talks (Jiji Press)


Chinese missile arsenal could embolden Beijing to seize Senkakus and force U.S. from region, report claims (The Japan Times)

Satellite interceptor sought by mid-2020s (The Japan News)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (Nikkei)


U.S. Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin: "Difficulties are part of training" (Mainichi)

Japan relying on canines to block entry of African swine fever (The Asahi Shimbun)

Suga visits digital museum in Tokyo's Koto Ward (Jiji Press)

Man threatened with deportation after 30 years in Japan to sue gov't for residency (The Mainichi)

2020 Games meeting starts in Tokyo (Jiji Press)

Tokyo braces for 2020 Games in summer heat with more ambulances (Kyodo News)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team